Watchmen Gets Moore-less Prequels

Not exactly film news but this is a big deal in another industry that ties back to it.

DC Comics is going back into the universe of “Watchmen” this summer with the launch of “Before Watchmen”, seven new limited series that will serve as prequels to the acclaimed 80’s comic series.

The projects will mark the first time that characters such as Doctor Manhattan, Rorschach and the Comedian have appeared anywhere in comics since the original 12-issue series – one of the most influential comic books of the past quarter century and the most popular with more than two million copies sold.

The project is polarising a lot of people as the original creators – legendary writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons – are not involved. Moore himself tells The New York Times that “I tend to take this latest development as a kind of eager confirmation that they are still apparently dependent on ideas that I had 25 years ago.”

Instead various other famed writers and illustrators will expand on the back stories of the costumed vigilantes. Brian Azzarello will pen both the “Rorschach” and “Comedian” titles, J. Michael Straczynski will handle “Nite Owl” and “Dr. Manhattan”, Darwyn Cooke will do “Minutemen” and “Silk Spectre”, and Len Wein will do “Ozymadias” and the mini multi-part story “Curse of the Crimson Corsair”.